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Electoral authority calls exiled former minister to take oath

Ponsatí due to become MEP following brexit but Electoral Authority warns her seat will be left vacant if she fails to appear

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28 January 2020 06:35 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Spanish electoral commission (JEC) has called Clara Ponsatí to take the constitutional oath in Spain on Thursday and warned that they will leave her MEP seat vacant if she fails to appear.

Ponsatí is due to become an MEP when the UK leaves the EU on Friday, and five of its seats pass to Spain.

Despite the warning from the JEC, it is likely that Ponsatí will be able to take her seat in the European parliament, even if she does not take the oath. The JEC made similar demands of the other exiled Catalan MEPs, Puigdemont and Comín, but in the end the EU court rejected not taking the oath as a reason to exclude them from parliament.

Ponsatí is currently in exile in Scotland where she is awaiting an extradition trial.

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  • Deposed Catalan minister Clara Ponsatí hands herself in to the Scottish Police (by Reuters)

  • Deposed Catalan minister Clara Ponsatí hands herself in to the Scottish Police (by Reuters)

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